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Cancer patients run into flaw with health plan

WASHINGTON — Cancer patients relieved that they can get insurance coverage because of the new health care law may be disappointed to learn that some the nation’s best cancer hospitals are off-limits.

New White House website brings together climate data

WASHINGTON — As part of its campaign to step up efforts to address climate change, the White House today announced the creation of a new website to serve as a one-stop location for the enormous amount of climate data housed at different federal agencies.

Army general should know his fate soon

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — The sentencing hearing for a 51-year-old Army general who admitted to inappropriate relationships with three subordinates was expected to wrap up today after testimony by friends and colleagues who praised his leadership.

U.S. announces $1.2 billion settlement with Toyota

WASHINGTON — The U.S. has reached a $1.2 billion settlement with Toyota Motor Corp. and filed a criminal charge alleging the Japanese automaker defrauded consumers by issuing misleading statements about safety issues in Toyota and Lexus vehicles.

States push to make community college free

PORTLAND, Ore. — Nothing sparks consumer demand like the word “free,” and politicians in some states have proposed providing that incentive to get young people to attend community college.

After plea deal, general hopes to avoid jail

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Lawyers for an Army general who admitted to emotionally harming a subordinate during a three-year affair will argue today that he shouldn’t face jail time for a crime for which civilians wouldn’t be prosecuted.

Dear Abby: Pregnant sister facing jail strikes up reader responses

Dear Abby: Your answer to “Heartbroken in Alabama” (Jan. 2) did not go deep enough. The pregnant sister, “Nicole,” who is facing prison time, needs to contact the Department of Children’s Services in her county/state as soon as possible. They will oversee the placement of her child if said child is born in jail or prison.
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Obama caught between CIA, senator over spying dispute

WASHINGTON — A bitter fight between Sen. Dianne Feinstein and CIA Director John Brennan has President Barack Obama caught between a powerful political ally and a trusted senior adviser, a bind likely to tighten as the dispute raises questions of executive power and touches on a key piece of the president’s legacy.

Dear Abby: Can’t handle ‘truth or dare’

Dear Abby: My sister has children younger than mine, but the kids all play together frequently. She recently caught them involved in a game of “truth or dare” and a couple of the kids had no clothes on.

GOP has to talk about abortion, party leaders say

WASHINGTON — Shying away from social issues is not a winning strategy for Republicans, whose rhetoric on those subjects has at times alienated voters and cost the GOP elections, party leaders are telling anti-abortion activists.

Two killed as car plows into crowd at SXSW music festival

AUSTIN, Texas — A speeding car drove into a packed crowd of pedestrians outside a busy downtown Austin nightclub during the South By Southwest music festival early this morning, killing two bystanders and injuring at least 23.
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Winter throws late-season punch in Midwest

TOLEDO, Ohio — A storm that swept through the Midwest and the Northeast just a week before the start of spring dumped more than 2 feet of snow on parts of northern New England and caused pileups on the Ohio Turnpike involving at least 50 vehicles, leaving three people dead and a state trooper seriously injured.

Obama seeks to expand overtime pay for millions

WASHINGTON — Millions of American workers could qualify for expanded overtime pay under a new push by President Barack Obama to review existing Labor Department regulations, part of his election-year strategy to use executive authority to bypass Congress and focus on middle-class economic issues.
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Death toll at 7 after explosion

NEW YORK — Rescuers working amid gusty winds, cold temperatures and billowing smoke pulled four additional bodies overnight from the rubble of two Manhattan apartment buildings, as the death toll rose today to at least seven from a gas leak-triggered explosion that reduced the area to a pile of smashed bricks, splinters and mangled metal.

Dear Abby: He’s my son, but I don’t love him

Dear Abby: When I was in my early 20s, I had a baby boy I placed for adoption. I could barely take care of myself, let alone a newborn. The father wanted nothing to do with me or the baby, so I placed him with his relatives out of state, who adopted him. With counseling, I got my life back on track, finished college and got a good job. I am married now and have a family.
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Big freeze means changed landscape on Great Lakes

CORNUCOPIA, Wis. — On some days, Kevin Hunt stands at his Star North gas station in this eye-blink of a town on mighty Lake Superior, marveling at Mother Nature and his own dumb luck. Everywhere he looks: ice and people.

Cold War-level sanctions against Russia on the table

WASHINGTON — Congress will weigh some of the most significant U.S. sanctions on Russia since the end of the Cold War in a bid to pressure President Vladimir Putin to pull Russian troops out of Crimea, according to a copy of a new Senate bill obtained by The Associated Press.